Congolese Music Star, Aurlus Mabélé Dies From Coronavirus
Congolese music star Aurlus Mabélé has died. According to reports from family and relatives Mabélé aged 67 died on Thursday from coronavirus.
Mabélé’s daughter, French singer Liza Monet announced the death of the Soukouss legend on her Twitter page:
“My dad died of coronavirus this morning … Thank you for honoring his memory. It is a great legend of the Soukouss that the Congolese people lose today. I am inconsolable and collapsed. My dad whom I love so much … Aurlus Mabele …
Fellow member of the supergroup Loketo, Mav Cacharel, also said on Facebook that he had died of coronavirus.”
Mon papa est mort ce matin du coronavirus … Merci d’honoré sa mémoire . C’est une grande légende du Soukouss que le peuple congolais perd aujourd’hui . Je suis inconsolable et effondrée . Mon papa que j’aime tant … Aurlus Mabele …
— . (@LizaMOfficiel) March 19, 2020
Mav Cacharel, a fellow member of Mabélé’s music group Les Ndimbola Lokole, also announced the death of Mabélé in a Facebook post;
“Good evening everyone, I have the sad news to announce the death of my famous friend, brother and collaborator Aurlus Mabélé, which happened this Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 14 pm, in the Paris region, from the follow-up of the coronavirus.
“I address a special thought to his family and children. May the peace and protection of the Lord remain in us.”
Aurlus Mabélé was admitted to hospital on Thursday and died on the same day.
Mabélé, whose real name is Aurélien Miatsonama, was commonly referred to as the “King of Soukous”. The singer and composer who was originally from Congo-Brazzaville moved to France in the 1980s.
In 1974, he created the band “Les Ndimbola Lokole” with Jean Baron, Pedro Wapechkado and Mav Cacharel. He was one of the first Paris-based Soukous Stars and set the standards with several Long Plays (LPs) in the 1980s.
Mabélé is known for hits such as Liste Rouge, Embargo among many others.
According to BBC Afrique, Mabélé’s manager Jimmy Ouetenou, said talks were already underway with the Congolese government for him to be buried in his home country.